London may not be the world’s most obvious destination for harvesting the humble grape but that has not stopped London Cru, which has opened the capital’s first winery.
After observing the capital’s appetite for award-winning, high-quality, locally produced beers and spirits, founder Adam Green and wine fanatic Gavin Monery thought London might also like its own wine. And with investment from colleague Cliff Roberson and entrepreneurial friend Will Tomlinson, their joint vision became reality in 2013.
Although most grapes are sourced overseas from vineyards in Europe, London Cru handles the rest of the winemaking process under its roof in Fulham, south-west London. Suitably equipped with state-of-art fermentation tanks, the grapes arrive at the former gin distillery site within 36 hours of being picked, before undergoing their careful transformation.
From ripe and fruity Cabernet Sauvignons to complex and crisp Chardonnays, Cru’s unique range includes multiple varieties of reds, whites and rosé wines, all of which are available to buy online. Moreover, award-winning varieties can also be found listed in Michelin-starred restaurants and renowned eateries throughout the city.
The London winery also hosts regular events including tours and tastings, which allow enthusiasts to learn more about the magic that goes on in SW6. And for a more bespoke or memorable experience, the team at Cru are also on hand to cater for private events, as well as offering a monthly hands-on ‘winemaker for a day’ course.
So for anyone wanting to learn more, or for those wanting to sample high-quality wine produced right here in the city, a visit to London Cru is a must.
By Sarah Tattersall, London editor